Professor Brian Joseph Gillespie

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine (2012)

Contact Information

Voicemail: 707.664.2583
Fax: 707.664.3920
Office: Stevenson 2084-N


Areas of Expertise:

Demography, Family, Life Course, Research Methods & Design

Academic Interests:

My research interests are organized around two streams, both related to the family. The first is motivated by research that considers factors (particularly geographic mobility) that have negative consequences for children and families. Thus, I am interested in the well-being of children and families in a large, demographic context. Another line of research entertains a micro-sociological perspective on marital and relationship dynamics as situated around couples’ intimate relationships, close friendships, and their sexual, relationship, & life satisfaction. These micro/macro themes, along with a focus on gender and sexuality, organize my substantive empirical efforts. I am also interested in quantitative and qualitative research methods & design and have published research using sophisticated statistical modeling, ethnographic research, in-depth interviews, and narrative analysis.

Courses Offered:

  • Soci 300: Sociological Research Methods
  • Soci 301: Statistics for Sociologists

Selected Publications:

  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. Forthcoming (2015). American Migration, Children, and Families. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2014. Residential Mobility and Change and Continuity in Parenting Processes.Journal of Research on Adolescence
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2014. Does Intergenerational Solidarity Buffer the Negative Effects of Residential Mobility? Evidence for U.S. Children. Field Action Science Reports, Special Issue 10 (Improving Health Among Immigrant Populations): 1-9.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph and Georgiana Bostean. 2013. Socioeconomic Status, Residential Mobility, and Health. Chapter 2 (pp. 33-57) in Kevin Fitzpatrick (Ed.) Poverty in America: A Crisis Among America’s Most Vulnerable, Volume II: The Importance of Place in Determining Their Future. Santa Barbara: Praeger.
  • Gillespie, Brian Joseph. 2013. Adolescent Behavior and Achievement, Social Capital, and the Timing of Geographic Mobility. Advances in Life Course Research 18:223-33.